posted on Jun, 1 2004 @ 02:51 PM
Originally posted by Mundane Egg
What are the Masonic Degrees and approximately how long does it take a person to achieve the 1st degree and so on?
Depending on how the word is used, “degree” can mean the level of one’s membership, or it can mean the actual initiation ceremony which confers the
degree on a Brother. If I say “Joe is a Third Degree Mason”, that means he’s a Master Mason. But if I say, “Hey, Bob, let’s go to that Third Degree
tonight”, this is of course referring to the ceremony.
When a man is elected for membership, the Master sets the date for his first degree ceremony, which is usually within a couple of weeks. How long it
takes between degrees depends on the rules of one’s Grand Lodge. In my state, there is a minimum waiting period of 28 between degrees, meaning about a
two month wait between the time a man petitions the Lodge, and when he becomes a Master Mason. All other degrees, such as Scottish Rite and York Rite,
can be conferred upon any Master Mason after due process, and there are no waiting periods for these, at least in the US.